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British women and cultural practices of empire, 1770-1940

Author: Rosie Dias; Kate Smith
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Visual Arts, Bloomsbury Publishing Inc, 2019. ©2019
Series: Material culture of art and design.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Correspondence, travel writing, diary writing, painting, scrapbooking, curating, collecting and house interiors allowed British women scope to express their responses to imperial sites and experiences in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Taking these productions as its archive, British Women and Cultural Practices of Empire, 1775-1930 includes a collection of essays from different disciplines that consider the  Read more...
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Dias, Rosie.
British Women and Cultural Practices of Empire, 1770-1940.
New York : Bloomsbury Publishing USA, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rosie Dias; Kate Smith
ISBN: 9781501332166 1501332163
OCLC Number: 1054061708
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 273 pages)
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; List of Illustrations; Colour Plates; List of Figures; List of Contributors; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Introduction; British women and empire; Practices and productions; The pictorial arts and the female colonial gaze; Producing empire; Notes; Part 1: Travel; Chapter 1: The Travelling Eye: British Women in Early Nineteenth-Century India; Writing home; The female gaze; India envisioned; Conclusion; Notes. Chapter 2: Paper Trails of Imperial Trav(a)ils: Janet Schaw's Journal of a Journey from Scotland to the West Indies, North Carolina and Portugal, 1774-1776Species; Place; Race; Dress; Notes; Chapter 3: Sketches from the Gendered Frontier: Colonial Women's Images of Encounters with Aboriginal People in Australia, 1830s-1860s; Absence in Tasmania; Accommodation in South Australia; War in far North Queensland; Conclusion; Notes; Part 2: Collecting; Chapter 4: 'Of Manly Enterprise, and Female Taste!': Mina Malcolm's Cottage as Imperial Exhibition, c. 1790s-1970s; Building the cottage. A semi-public museumCommissioning and collecting; From cottage to museum; Conclusion; Notes; Chapter 5: A Lily of the Murray: Cultivating the Colonial Landscape through Album Assemblage; Transplanting the language of flowers; Cultivating a native picturesque; Conclusion; Notes; Chapter 6: Collecting the 'East': Women Travellers on the New 'Grand Tour'; Annie Brassey: Voyage in the Sunbeam; Annie Russell Cotes: Westward from the Golden Gate; Nora Beatrice Gardner: Rifle and Spear with the Rajpoots; Conclusion; Notes; Part 3: Administering. Chapter 7: Agents of Affect: Queen Victoria's Indian GiftsImperial regalia?; Exhibiting imperial bonds; Notes; Chapter 8: 'Prime Minister in the Home Department': Female Gendered Identity in Colonial Upper Canada; Beginnings; Labours; Arranging the genteel self; Conclusion; Notes; Chapter 9: Reconstructing the Lives of Professional Women in 1930s Zanzibar through Image, Object and Text; Women at work in Zanzibar in the 1930s: Professionalism, gender and the colonial world; Appointment to Zanzibar; Wilson: Navigating Zanzibar's professional and social world. Nicol Smith: Negotiating colonial Zanzibar as a 'lady curator'Conclusion; Notes; Biliography; Manuscript sources; Periodicals and newspapers; Printed sources; Secondary sources; Other sources; Index.
Series Title: Material culture of art and design.
Responsibility: edited by Rosie Dias and Kate Smith.

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"Correspondence, travel writing, diary writing, painting, scrapbooking, curating, collecting and house interiors allowed British women scope to express their responses to imperial sites and experiences in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Taking these productions as its archive, British Women and Cultural Practices of Empire, 1775-1930 includes a collection of essays from different disciplines that consider the role of British women's cultural practices and productions in conceptualising empire. While such productions have started to receive greater scholarly attention, this volume uses a more self-conscious lens of gender to question whether female cultural work demonstrates that colonial women engaged with the spaces and places of empire in distinctive ways. By working across disciplines, centuries and different colonial geographies, the volume makes an exciting and important contribution to the field by demonstrating the diverse ways in which European women shaped constructions of empire in the modern period --Bloomsbury Publishing."

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